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PA Flatwater Guide (Kayaks or Canoes) Practical Assessment

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Course Description:
This course is the assessment day for a Paddle Australia (PA) Flat water Guide or Instructor Award in either Kayaks or Canoes. The course consists of a full days combining a theory test and practical components in a flat water environment, concentrating on guiding and instructing skills. Participants are expected to already have the ability to paddle to the standard of the Flat water Skills course.


This assessment for Day Guide/Instructor - does not include overnight practical component. Contact us for the Overnight Camping Endorsement.

Who is this course for:
These courses are aimed at people wishing to gain Paddle Australia certification for employment in the industry.

Holders of the Flat water Guide Award are qualified to lead or guide on inland waters such as open lakes and rivers (but not on whitewater or sea) in controlled conditions for inland kayaking and canoeing. This is recommended for activities such as camps, school trips and experiences.

Holders of the Flat water Instructor Award are qualified to instruct, facilitate skill transfer to develop participants in order so that they may act independently or with minimal supervision in controlled conditions for inland kayaking and canoeing. An Instructor will have a deeper understanding of paddling technique and skills development and has been assessed to a higher level than guides.

Course Content:
Topics covered include but are not limited to:


  • Strokes
  • Rescues
  • Knots


  • Craft, Personal Protection Gear & Clothing
  • First Aid Kit
  • Repair Kit
  • Spare Clothing
  • Adequate Food & Water

Coaching & Skills Analysis

  • Weather & Tides Interpretation
  • Clothing
  • Strokes (on land)
  • Capsize drill

Program Overview & Navigation
Teaching Style (clear & concise)

Paddle Craft & Equipment:
You need to decide which craft you will be assessed in, as the award is craft specific.  If you are teaching/guiding people in kayaks, you will need the “Kayak” award.  You may hold both a canoe and kayak qualification in any PAQS award, however paddling skills will need to be assessed in both craft types.

It is expected that participants will supply their own equipment including kayak/canoe, PFD, paddles (including spare), spray deck and helmet. East Coast Kayaking can provide any or all of this equipment - please notify us at the time of booking if you need to hire equipment.  Please detail personal equipment on the checklist on the Participant Information form emailed to you following your booking to determine its suitability.

Paddle clothing needs to be suitable for the conditions and environment - to protect you from sun, wind and cold.

Location: Our Training Centre at 37 Jetty Road, Sandringham, with the practical component on the sheltered waters of Sandringham Harbour. Other locations for your private group / organisation can be arranged - contact us to discuss.
Duration: 9.00am - 4.30pm
Cost: $295. Kayak or Canoe hire $50 if required
Class Size: Maximum 6 participants

This assessment can also be run one-on-one by Private Tuition at a time to suit you. Contact us on info@eastcoastkayaking.com to determine the most suitable day - $400 per person (gear hire included for Private Tuition days).

Before you attend: 
Applicants for a Guide or Instructor award should already hold a Flat water Skills Award or have demonstrated equivalent skills. This allows the paddler to operate confidently, skilfully and safely within their tested conditions. Ideally you have participated in the Intake weekend and participated in some mentored activities with us prior to assessment as part of your logbook component.

You need to complete the assessment day and pay a registration fee in order to complete your certification as a guide or instructor - separate fees apply for the assessment day and the registration with Paddle Australia (3 years registration).

Prior to booking you should check the assessment criteria, including logbook and first aid certificate requirements (Provide First Aid Course, including current CPR certificate) to ensure you can meet this within the available timeframe. 

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